Review: Specialty Hot Dogs at Casey’s Corner in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game…”

Okay, we know… with the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, baseball season is officially behind us for the year. But there’s one place where it’s always baseball season, and that’s Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom!

And what’s a baseball game without a hot dog… or three ;) ? I know you agree. Let’s head in to the quintessential hot dog joint in Disney World for a bite.

Casey's Corner

Casey’s Corner

Atmosphere

Before you even step in the front doors, you’re “greeted” by a turn-of-the-century baseball player.

Casey's Corner baseball player

Casey’s Corner baseball player

Casey's Corner baseball player

Casey’s Corner baseball player

Once you enter, the baseball theme really kicks into high gear, down to the Cast Member baseball player costumes (which might be my favorite costumes just about anywhere at Disney World).

Casey's Corner

Casey’s Corner

Vintage artwork and props (including ads for Coca-Cola) line the walls and top the shelves just about everywhere you look.

Vintage Coke Advertisement

Vintage Coke Advertisement

Art at Casey's Corner

Art at Casey’s Corner

Atmosphere Details at Casey's Corner

Atmosphere Details at Casey’s Corner

The indoor seating does its best to place you outside, giving the impression that you’re at an outdoor ballpark. The scoreboard reflects a score that is much to the chagrin of the citizens of Mudville, thanks to the legendary strikeout of “Casey at the Bat.”

Scoreboard

Scoreboard

There may be “no joy in Mudville,”  since Mighty Casey struck out, but there are plenty of pennants supporting the team, anyway.

Mudville Banners

Mudville Banners

Admittedly, though, it feels a lot less “outdoorsy” since the bleacher seating and TV screens showing Disney baseball cartoons were removed to add more traditional tables and chairs.

Indoor seating

Indoor seating

Yes, Casey’s gets super busy and the tables do a lot to improve the seating situation. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the charm and tradition of those old bleachers.

Old indoor seating area

Old indoor seating area

Stepping outside, tables are topped with cheerful red and white umbrellas.

Outdoor seating

Outdoor seating

Aside from hot dogs, Casey’s is also known for providing some downright stellar views of Cinderella Castle. However, while the Magic Kingdom Hub is currently being refurbished (lasting into 2015), you’ll be looking at some green walls. Just pretend you’re at Fenway.

Outdoor seating by Hub refurbishment

Outdoor seating by Hub refurbishment

But there’s little in the world that can’t be fixed — or at least greatly improved — by spending some time listening to a little ragtime, courtesy of Jim!

Jim at the piano

Jim at the piano

So, we’ve got our dogs, we’ve found our seats, and we’re ready to chow down!

Eats

Because I love hot dogs (Seriously. LOVE ‘em.), we ordered every single one on the menu!

Casey's Corner menu

Casey’s Corner menu

Umm… with the exception of the regular, plain hot dog, that is. You can see a review of that here!

Of course, if you do go for a plain dog, there’s still nothing keeping you from some extreme toppings, thanks to the great condiment bar featuring sauerkraut, onions, salsa, jalapeños, good ol’ ketchup and mustard, and YES…. PLASTIC CHEESE!

Condiments station

Condiments station

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

Plastic Cheese

Plastic Cheese

First up: the Chili-Cheese Dog, topped with chili (naturally!) and a river of “melted cheddar,” which is nothing but a politically correct name for… you got it! Plastic Cheese!

Chili-Cheese Hot Dog

Chili-Cheese Hot Dog

Plastic Cheese river

Plastic Cheese river

And that’s it! It’s just a classic. The chili adds just a little hint of spice to the salty mix. This thing is a mess in the best way, so just grab a few extra napkins and embrace this bit of Americana.

Chili-Cheese Hot Dog cross-section

Chili-Cheese Hot Dog cross-section

Next up to bat is the Barbecue Slaw Dog, which has been a staple at Casey’s since Gourmet Hot Dogs started hitting the scene more than a few years ago. So even though I’ve had it, oh, more than a couple of times (both at Casey’s and its other home at Fairfax Fare), I couldn’t resist grabbing one again.

Barbecue Slaw Dog

Barbecue Slaw Dog

Topped with pulled barbecue pork and a heaping helping of coleslaw, the big question once you receive your order is exactly how to tackle it — it’s just gigantic, and you may be tempted to eat the pork and slaw off the hot dog first, just for the sake of logistics.

But still, try to eat at least a few bites as-is, because this is a great combo. It’s weird, because I’m typically not a fan of mushing all sorts of food together on my plate, but somehow, this has just always worked. The cool tang of the slaw balances the mild spice of the barbecue so nicely. Couple that with the smoky hot dog, along with it’s “snap” for a little variety in the texture, and it’s easy to understand why this gourmet dog has survived since its introduction while others have come and gone.

Barbecue Slaw Dog cross-section

Barbecue Slaw Dog cross-section

Our last “dog” isn’t actually a hot dog, but the Polish Sausage, topped with caramelized onions and stone-ground mustard.

Polish Sausage

Polish Sausage

I love the slight sweetness of caramelized onions on just about anything, so that’s a clear win, especially when paired with the spices of the sausage. I like the choice of stone-ground mustard, but it carries such a strong, distinct flavor that I found it to be overpowering here. It’s a great choice for the sausage as a condiment, but I think the pour was too generous, and took over the whole thing — at least for me.

Condiment close-up

Condiment close-up

Still, for those looking for a little something different at Casey’s, the sausage is a nice option, and I’m sure you could always ask for the mustard on the side (or, if mustard is your thing, then have at it and enjoy!).

Overall

Casey’s Corner. It’s practically a Disney World vacation rite of passage. Really, truly, my go-to at Casey’s remains the plain dog, topped just the way I like it at the condiments bar. But we wanted to show you the other options, ‘cuz those sure aren’t bad, either!

My preference of the three is that Barbecue Slaw Dog, but any single one of them can offer a fun change of pace if you’ve visited Casey’s, like, a bajillion times… And no one would blame you for stepping up to the plate time and time again to enjoy this classic Disney World stop.

Is Casey’s Corner a must-stop for you on your Disney World vacation? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Wendy Snelgrove says

    I would like a bacon cheese dog. Hot dog, bacon, plastic cheese and real cheese. That’s it – perfect.

    In the meantime, I eat the corn dog bites, which are excellent dipped in plastic cheese or ketchup.

    I also miss the bleachers, but loved your Fenway joke.

  2. Mandi says

    I really wish the mac and cheese hotdog from fairfax Faire would make its way over here, because my favorite thing to do an hour or so before a parade is get Casey’s Corner, have a seat. While waiting for the parade I relax, people watch, and enjoy my delicious hot dog!

  3. Sandra says

    I’ve been going to WDW since 1972 but didn’t try Casey’s until last year. I don’t eat meat very often and there is nothing there that my husband can eat with his dietary restrictions. But my son and I were at MVMCP and didn’t want a big walk to the back to get something to eat, so he agreed to Casey’s. We had the plain dogs with fries, a drink, and brownies (QSDP). It was fine and filling but unless he requests it, we likely won’t go again. The menu is just too limited to suit my family’s varied needs. I can see this appealing to those who really love hot dogs and baseball, or who have kids to feed quickly, and there are enough ways to have the hot dogs to satisfy most big appetites.

  4. Sarah says

    My husband and I had mixed feelings about Casey’s when we went there for the first time a couple weeks ago. I had the corndog nuggets which were delicious (especially dipped in cheese). My husband liked the barbecue slaw dog he got, but while he enjoyed the toppings said the hot dog itself was nothing special. I think the biggest turn-off was how mobbed the place was. People were inside and outside just standing around waiting for tables, and we weren’t even there during a prime mealtime. I think we’d go back again if it wasn’t crowded, but otherwise there are better options a little further into the park.

  5. Essie says

    My biggest disappointment was the hot dogs were cold. If they had been HOT hotdogs, I think they would have been good.

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